Thursday, December 31, 2015

Mighty Men of Mouse: Episode 0241 -- End of Year Satchel

Final episode of the 2015! This week we completely clean out the Listener Interaction Satchel to make way for the new year. 

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Thursday, December 24, 2015

Mighty Men of Mouse: Episode 0240 -- Santa Satchel

Donald Trump and the Muppets, Kenz Korner, Lake Buena Vista and it's residents (h/t Eric Laycock), backup show names, fixing ADRs, whether or not Disney cooked the books crowd levels, Modern Man followup, Uni vs. Disney, favorite podcasts, and the eternal question of whether or not Boathouse is a boatride.

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Thursday, December 17, 2015

Mighty Men of Mouse: Episode 0239 -- Dutch Trip and Post-Show Star Wars Talk

Two for the price of one! Dutch is back from a quick trip to WDW.  He shares his thoughts on the Poly Villas, his goodbye to the Osborne Lights, crazy crowd levels, Star Tours and more.  After the end of the show, Wes James joins the conversation to discuss the Force Awakens and their predictions.  SPOILER: They hype.

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Thursday, December 10, 2015

Mighty Men of Mouse: Episode 0238 -- GALLIMAUFRY

GALLIMAUFRY!  Topics this week include moving WDW lands, careers we would accept in the Disney Company, time travel (SAFETY NOT GUARANTEED), and buffet strategy.

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Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Unnamed Star Wars Podcast

Dutch was very luck to talk Star Wars with Wes James, John Kivus, and Elyssa Kivus.  Topics include why the series still resonates, why the prequels failed, whether or not the story should continue, and more.  Dutch hopes to release a prediction show and a show to breakdown Star Wars: The Force Awakens after its release.

NOTE:  The show will not appear in the iTunes Store.  You can copy and paste the RSS Feed URL below to pull the feed into the podcatcher of your choice.  As always, contact Dutch if you have any problems.

Direct Download Link:

RSS Feed:

Ropedrop DOT net


Kivus and Camera

Thursday, December 3, 2015


GALLIMAUFRY! Fun hodgepodge of WDW discussion this week. We go on the record with some Walt Disney World news.  After that, we tackled whether or not a vlogger should have called for the firing of a Disneyland CM.  We close out the show by talking WDW BANG BANGS.

Forbes article on Star Wars: The Force Awakens box office outlook

Vlogger's video on Disneyland

Louis CK Bang Bang skit

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Thursday, November 26, 2015

Mighty Men of Mouse: Episode 0236 -- Gift Guide, Satchel and Killing Baby Hitler

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Happy Thanksgiving! This week we answer your listener questions which feature reactions to Howie's survey, favorite background music, comparing Disney prices to other attractions on a per hour basis, virtual reality, and what is a BOATRIDE.  Russ, Kip and Dutch also share what gifts they think folks would like to see under their Christmas tree.  After the formal end of the show, the team discusses the question of our time: would we kill Baby Hitler.

Link to Episode 234 with excellent comment from Chris W.

Josh's Personal Land Ranking article on virtual reality

Jeb Bush on Baby Hitler


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Thursday, November 19, 2015

Mighty Men of Mouse: Episode 0235 -- Epcot Food and Wine Report

This week we are joined by Scott Adams to discuss his experiences at Epcot's Food and Wine Festival and other thoughts from his annual trip to Walt Disney World.  Topics covered include restaurants, traveling with a toddler and more.

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Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Mighty Men of Mouse: Save Tomorrowland! Finale

This special edition of Mighty Men of Mouse features Wes James and his final vision for the the Save Tomorrowland! project. 

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Thursday, November 12, 2015

Mighty Men of Mouse: Episode 0234 -- Survey Results, Decision Points, and Disney Springs

Howie joins the conversation this week to share the results of the survey he posted about the best land in Walt Disney World.  He will also be going down to WDW in a few weeks and has some difficult choices to make about his trip.  Finally, he challenges Kip to $40 at Disney Springs.

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Thursday, November 5, 2015

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Mighty Men of Mouse: Episode 232 -- Unpopular Opinions and WDW News Bitez

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This week's show gets started with the team getting caught up on the latest news about Walt Disney World.  Bitez include magic bands, Soarin' closure, hard ticket events, the Star Wars trailer, a ridiculously terrible Business Insider piece, and 7 pieces of advice for going to WDW.

Thanks to AccioFirebolt29 and Jason W (@JayRW) for their kind reviews.

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Thursday, October 22, 2015

Mighty Men of Mouse: Episode 0231 -- Geekin, The Modern Man and Forty Bucks

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This week we are joined by Curtis Stone of Geekin on WDW.  After the questionnaire with Russ Liption, we tackle what the modern man would appreciate in Walt Disney World.  Curtis also challenges Kip to a $40 Challenge at the WDW Food and Wine Festival.

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Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Trip Outlines

A few months ago alert listener @MagicalDay44 asked what our trip outlines/excel sheets looked like.  We put out the call on the show and received back three helpful responses.  Big thanks to John Kivus, David Z. and Lisa T. for answering the call. The PDF of the outlines are available by clicking here.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Mighty Men of Mouse: Episode 0230 -- October Listener Interaction Satchel

Satchel! Listener generated discussion this week on the source of happiness in travel, war zones and theming, domes, man buns, tickets, outrage over delicious booze, those who live on property, EGOT touring, Olive Garden (ugh), the middle class, thoughts on Wes' plan, the Mom's Panel, Brazil, Canadian food, Eater follow up, and more.

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Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Mighty Men of Mouse: Special Edition -- When Howie met Wesley

SPECIAL EDITION! Howie and Wes join us this week to share some of their adventures in Disneyland this past week.  Episode 230 comes out later this week.


WDW Stroller Talk


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Thursday, October 8, 2015

Mighty Men of Mouse: Episode 0229 -- ROPEDROP DOT NET

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John Kivus, the mastermind behind internet sensation ROPEDROP DOT NET, joins us to discuss three different topics. First, we touch recent price changes to Walt Disney World's Annual Pass rates and Tables in Wonderland. Next up is a discussion on segmenting and our individual trip planning processes. Finally, we take a look at some of the interesting articles up on a site that has changed forever how we all consumer WDW information on the internet.  The show closes with the listener interaction satchel.


Brekkies ranked

Follow up on AP price increase

Interview with Sharla Manglass

ADRs and WDW Dining Scarcity

Follow John on Twitter dot com


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Thursday, October 1, 2015

Mighty Men of Mouse: Episode 0228 -- Federalist Article and Hacking Bob in Burbank

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The first topic this week is a Federalist article on the merit of Walt Disney World.  The second topic, inspired by the news, is what we would like to know if we had access to Bob in Burbank's private server.  We also tackle a 3 Good Minutes on Defending the Berm and the Patriots.  Here's the link to the Federalist article on Tangled.

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Thursday, September 24, 2015

Mighty Men of Mouse: Episode 0227 -- Listener Interaction Satchel

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This week we try to empty the Listener Interaction Satchel.  Topics include BBQing on vacation, how to prep kids for a trip, Josh Thoughtz, worst counter services in each park, rapid fire takes, China vs. America, bare minimum for advice, shortcuts, BOATRIDE power rankings, Minneapolis, Disney shame, advice for Disneylanders, what it would take for us to walk away, what a competitor would have to do to steal our business, and more!  We give away a Class Hat and also need your help. 

Howie's survey on WDW Land Rank is available here.

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Thursday, September 17, 2015

Mighty Men of Mouse: Episode 0226 -- Ranking the WDW Lands

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This week's topic is a ranking of all lands in Walt Disney World. There's also a discussion about the planned finale for the Osborn Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights in WDW this year.

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Dutch WDW Land Rankings

Sunset  Boulevard
Future World West
Future World East
Echo Lake
Streets of America
Mexico Pavillion
Liberty Square
Pixar Place
Main Street USA
Animation Courtyard
France Pavillion
Dinoland USA
Hollywood Boulevard
Japan Pavillion
Germany Pavillion
Italy Pavillion
American Pavillion
Rafiki's Planet Watch
United Kingdom Pavillion
Moroccan Pavillion
Norway Pavillion
Discovery Island
Canadian Pavillion
China Pavillion
Africa Outpost

Kip WDW Land Rankings

1 Mexico Pavillion
2 Fantasyland
3 Frontierland
4 Adventureland
5 Asia
6 Future World West
7 Africa
8 Sunset Boulevard
9 Streets of America
10 Main Street USA
11 Tomorrowland
12 France Pavillion
13 Echo Lake
14 Moroccan Pavillion
15 Hollywood Boulevard
16 Future World East
17 Japan Pavillion
18 Liberty Square
19 Pixar Place
20 United Kingdom Pavillion
21 Germany Pavillion
22 Italy Pavillion
23 Canadian Pavillion
24 Norway Pavillion
25 Discovery Island
26 Animation Courtyard
27 Dinoland USA
28 American Pavillion
29 China Pavillion
30 Rafiki's Planet Watch
31 Oasis
32 Africa Outpost

Russ WDW Land Rankings

Sunset Boulevard
Future World West
Future World East
Streets of America
Echo Lake
Liberty Square
Pixar Place
Animation Courtyard
France Pavilion 
Hollywood Boulevard
American Pavilion 
Mexico Pavilion
Italy Pavilion
Japan Pavilion
Germany Pavilion
Dinoland USA
Main Street USA
Canada Pavilion
United Kingdom Pavilion
Discovery Island
Moroccan Pavilion
Rafiki's Planet Watch
Norway Pavilion
China Pavilion
Africa Outpost

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Mighty Men of Mouse: Episode 0225 -- Gallimaufry

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GALLIMAUFRY! Three GALLIMAUFRY topics this week.  Up first, we discuss an article that discusses what the TSA could learn from Disney. After that, we discuss's attempt at helping people navigate the food of Walt Disney World.  Finally, we discuss Ken Storey's question of what chains we believe would fit in WDW.

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Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Mighty Men of Mouse: Special Edition -- Star Wars Dreaming with Wes

This is a bonus edition of Mighty Men of Mouse where we are joined by Wes James to discuss his vision of what Star Wars land should be in Anaheim and Orlando.  Check out theLINElab here.  NOTE: Wes' proposed site plan is all the way at the bottom of the page.

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Saturday, September 5, 2015

Action Movie Roster

After the jump is a list of all the action movies we could think of.  If we're missing something, give us a holler on Twitter.  The criteria: the movie must primarily be an action movie.  Criteria for ranking will be discussed on the show.

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Mighty Men of Mouse: Episode 0224 -- Post-Apocalyptic Interaction Satchel

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Listener Interaction Satchel to close out the summer.  Interactions include nostalgia and Future World, EGOT touring plan, industry restaurant rankings, no expiration options, long travel times, ranking ideas, The Middle Class and the cost of a vacation, the Boardwalk, why the Little Prince Hates Our Favorite Marylander, Olive Garden (yuck), World Showcase entertainment, when to play John Law, and the most that we would pay for a deluxe resort.  We also have details on how you can win a CLASS HAT.

ACSI restaurant survey results are here.

Article on Marvel movies is here.

Thanks to everyone who helped make the show better this week!



















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Thursday, August 27, 2015

Mighty Men of Mouse: Episode 0223 -- Value of the Disney Hollywood Studios and Annual Passes

This week we are joined by James Rosemergy to discuss a few of his recent blogs for  First up, we discuss the current state of Disney's Hollywood Studios and what value it may offer to visitors.  We also discuss our thoughts on the value of an annual pass and how we decide whether or not to take the plunge.  The show closes out with a game of the Price is Guessed.

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Thursday, August 20, 2015

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Mighty Men of Mouse: Episode 0221 -- Ken Storey, D23 and ADRs

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Ken Storey joins the show this week to talk Orlando attractions.  We discuss I-Drive 360, FunSpot, GatorLand, Kennedy Space Center and more.  Ken also has a chat with Russ Lipton.  Russ and Dutch also discuss what they're expecting at D23 and some discussion on ADR services.

Check out the Orlando Tourism Report.

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Thursday, August 6, 2015

Mighty Men of Mouse: Episode 0220 -- GALLIMAUFRY and ClassHat

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GALLIMAUFRY! This Summertime GALLIMAUFRY includes discussions of Universal and WWWD, when we feel "there," traveling with 2-year-old, frightening small children, and Outback Steakhouse.  GALLIMAUFRY contributors this week are Derry, Keith, Cassie, and Matt "HouserPain" Houser.  You can also buy this classy hat

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Thursday, July 30, 2015

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Mighty Men of Mouse: Episode 0218 -- Summer Satchel

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Topics include Disneyland, planning spreadsheets, Ooey Gooey Toffee Cake, carrot cake, THE MIDDLE CLASS, future rankings, Ultimate Insider's Guide to Disney,  is Epcot a terrible tourist trap, podcasts and exercise, hiring a personal guide in the parks, our archives, Hooters, and France.

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Thursday, July 16, 2015

GUEST POST: Disney's Family Magic Tour Report

Note from Dutch:  The below post is from Brian Perkins (@wdwpodreview).  Thanks to Brian for the detailed write-up and taking the time to share.  There were pictures with this originally, but I did not include them here.
As I was searching for value in a mid-round selection during the Fall 2014 MMOM Draft, I came across the Family Magic Tour at the Magic Kingdom.  At first glance it seemed that this was a cheap option of a tour that really wouldn’t have much to it and really would just eat time from a touring plan.  But as I looked closer I noticed that it had some perks to it and not only did I draft it, but I booked it for my trip in May 2015.  Let me tell you how it played out.
I booked Disney’s Family Magic Tour for Friday May 22nd, long before I was paying enough attention to realize that it would be the 24 hour day.  That proved to have an impact, positive and negative as it played out.  The tour costs $34 per person, and with a Disney Visa cardholder benefit of 15% off I paid $28.90 per person for our family of 4, my wife and I with our 6 & 8 year old sons.  The tour starts at 10:00am and you are asked to arrive at the Chamber of Commerce no later than 9:45.  As you arrive, you are greeted by a Cast Member who has Peter Pan themed nametags prepared for you to identify that you are part of the tour.  You are also offered a bottle of cold water for each member of your party.  It is not exclusive to just your family, but the number of participants is limited.  I am not sure what that number is, but I can say that there were no more than 20 people in our group.  The tour leader arrives promptly at 10:00am and your journey begins. I am going to try to keep the review somewhat spoiler free, in case anyone looks to do it at some point in the future.
The premise is this… She had a tour all planned out to go count trash cans and ducks, but Donald Duck has changed that by hiding clues all over the Magic Kingdom and Mickey wants you to find them and solve the puzzle.  So, beginning from the very front of the park, the clues begin to send you down Main Street USA and then out to the lands of the Magic Kingdom as you look for things like Bolt’s carrot toy, Rapunzel’s frying pan, and Tiana’s restaurant keys.  Even the adults had some fun as we tried to recognize which part of the park the rhyming riddle is referring to.  At some stops there is more of a challenge involved as the kids may have to put together a puzzle after finding the clue they were looking for.  The journey does lead you to a few things that add value to it.  You are told when you are booking the tour that the experience may vary and none of these are guaranteed.  However, the typical tour involves a meet & greet with Peter Pan and a ride on Winnie the Pooh using the FastPass queue, before eventually ending with a Mickey Mouse meet & greet in Town Square.  The whole experience takes right around 2 hours.
Our tour played out slightly different from the standard due to the 24 hour day.  The guide was making a point to mention that this was special for the 24 hour event, which did make my boys at least feel a little more special.  Also, due to the parade having an additional performance at noon, two things happened.  First the negative, there was no Peter Pan at the location where we were supposed to meet him.  I am assuming that this was because he was getting ready to be in the parade.  The positive though was that we completed the tour and came out into Town Square right as the parade was coming off of Main Street and into the circle.  Admittedly, most of that was luck, but it still played out pretty cool as we watched the parade from in front of Tony’s.
My family definitely enjoyed the tour and I feel that it did have value for the cost.  However, that value may be relative.  What is the value of adding additional FastPasses to your plan?  Basically we got two additional FastPasses, one for riding Winnie the Pooh, and one for meeting Mickey.  The Peter Pan meet and greet would definitely save time in line compared to what you may normally spend waiting to meet him.  Comparing these experiences singularly to their counterparts outside of the tour seems like an immediate time savings, but you lose some of that as you complete the other tasks in the tour.  Even that may balance out though.  Let’s assume that Pooh and Mickey would each likely have at least a 30 minute standby time, and you could spend close to that waiting to meet Peter Pan.  In the long run you may be adding a half hour to your plan, but gaining the experience of the tour and the memories that are made during it.  And don’t forget that free bottle of Dasani, which saved you some cash.  The repeatability of this tour may be in question.  The value of the FastPasses would still be there, but losing the anticipation of what was going to happen next would probably decrease some of the overall entertainment value.
Overall in my opinion, the tour was very fun. The kids, and adults who don’t obsess about the parks, got to learn little tidbits about the park while having some fun and getting a unique experience.  You also get that cool feeling of being part of a tour and having people stare at you while you get that preferred access to a ride and peek into spaces that they thought guests weren’t allowed in.  Whereas I have wondered if some of the behind the scenes type tours may spoil the magic of the parks, this one definitely adds to it. 

Mighty Men of Mouse: Episode 0217 -- Newz and Listeners

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This week, MMOM get caught up on news items such as Disney Hollywood Studios rumors, changes to the Disney Dining Plan, and the Message Board Outrage of the Week.  Also, lots of great notes from the Listener Interaction Satchel.

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Thursday, July 9, 2015

Mighty Men of Mouse: Episode 0216 -- Old School

This week we discuss what an old school trip through Walt Disney World would look like by creating an artisinal touring plan.  Howie sits down and bares his soul with Russ Lipton.  We'd also really appreciate you taking Kivus' survey about a meetup.

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Thursday, July 2, 2015

Mighty Men of Mouse: Episode 0215 -- We are all Howie from Maryland

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Dutch talks about meeting his favorite face character and what a MMOM meet-and-greet would look like.  You can even take a survey to help us find a date by clicking here.   The Listener Interaction Satchel includes discussion on easyWDW inspired message board outrage, transportation at the Swalphin, Disneyland and FP+, dining draft, crazy alcohol abuse at Bay Lake, the attractions Epcot needs, restaurant improvements, saving the America pavillion, opulence, BIG GROUPS, HuffPo love for Disney, AP Magic Bands, and campsites revisited.

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Thursday, June 25, 2015

Mighty Men of Mouse: Episode 0214 -- Newz, Dessert Draft and Not a Trip Report

We haven't recorded in a while, so we decide to catch up on news.  Newz Bitez on extra magic hour changes maybe coming to Walt Disney World, Frozen Ever After, poop, more bad advice and Message Board Outrage of the Week.  The team also draft desserts on property.  The show closes with some thoughts Dutch has from his trip.

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Thursday, June 18, 2015

Mighty Men of Mouse: Episode 0213 -- WDW Happy Place

This week we are joined by Sam and Ashley of WDW Happy Place Podcast and the Earvengers to catch up.  They answer The Questionnaire, talk about Transformation Thursday, and Disney Fandom generally. They also challenge Kip to a game.

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Thursday, June 11, 2015

Mighty Men of Mouse: Episode 0212 -- Tiers, July, Chains Again and DRAFT WINNER

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This week's discussion starts with the potential of tiered pricing for the WDW parks.  Dutch also shares some stolen moments he'll be getting in Walt Disney World come July.  Brian reveals the winner of the Spring 2015 Draft.  The final discussion is a follow up on chain restaurants with listener feedback.

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Mrs. Litem's Superlative -- 2015 Spring Draft

“Trip most likely to land Mrs. Litem in Jail”  - Houser Pain
Mrs. Litem is a HUGE animal lover, especially Giraffes.  The only reason she hasn’t gotten escorted out of Animal Kingdom for trying to hug a Giraffe yet, is the watchful eye of the Safari drive.  She was so excited to see Kidani Village as the hotel choice by Houser Pain.  It would be a dream to stay there.  It’s somewhat likely though it might end in an attempt to sneak off the balcony to hug a giraffe. 

“Trip most likely to bring a tear (in a good way)”  - Jen’s Sparklers (Jen)
 When we see little Miss Litem’s face when she meets Anna, Elsa and Tinkerbell and the little big guy’s face when he meets Pooh and the Disney Junior Pals, there are sure to be some water works.

Trip most likely to end in a Dance party”  Poo Stuffed French Toast (Howie B.)
Little Miss Litem just loves Dream Along with Mickey and always dances a long and shouts Dreams Come True!  Mr & Mrs Litem love having pints at Rose and Crown then going to dance with the British Revolution.  This trip would get us all dancing.

Trip most likely to mean Mr. Litem will be forced to wear a sweater”  - Mrs. Litem was really excited to see the Holiday Sleigh ride and Norway at the Holidays….but you can’t do a picture perfect family sleigh ride without some crazy holiday sweaters so sorry Mr. Litem.

“Trip most likely to be reenacted at home”  -Aloha Aisle Orange Birds (Tim B.)
Little Miss Litem  would surely love all the special experiences Aloha Aisle Orange Birds put together.  We know we’d be having many princess tea parties and Jedi light saber fights at home for a long time to come after this trip. 

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Mighty Men of Mouse: Episode 0211 -- Edutainment and Commissioner Us

A recent episode of Radio Harambe asked the question of how much of Epcot, and WDW generally, is educational.  We try to answer that this week.  We also discuss what we would do if we were Park Commissioners.  Hint: We're better than Goodell.

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Thursday, May 28, 2015

2015 Spring Draft -- Team by team

 Team breakdowns after the jump....

Mighty Men of Mouse: Episode 0210 -- Shams, Chain Restaurants and Listeners

An ethical question about booking a campsite at Fort Wilderness.  Dutch also shares his chain restaurant power rankings.  The Listener Interaction Satchel has thoughts on the show and its community, the Boathouse, Annual Passes and the limits on booking FastPass Plus, Lou, movies, Cracker Barrel, and extinct attractions.

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Dutch's Chain Restaurant Power Rankings

PF Chang’s
Cheesecake Factory
Red Lobster
Smokey Bones
Bucca di Peppo
Cheeseburger in Paradise
Cracker Barrel
Rainforest Café
Ruby Tuesday
East Side Mario’s
Johnny Rockets
Long Horn
Lone Star
Dave and Buster’s
Planet Hollywood
TGI Friday’s
Macaroni Grill
Bob Evans
Ground Round
On the Border
Olive Garden

Sunday, May 24, 2015

2015 Spring Attraction Draft

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Mighty Men of Mouse: Episode 0209 -- Russ is back and Alone in the World

Looking through the prism of Russ' trip to Disneyland, the team discusses surprises, missing old friends, and ticket prices.  MMOM also discus Alone in the Disney World.  3 Good Minutes on Derek and Lou, improving the show, and the Fourth of July.

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Friday, May 15, 2015

2015 Spring Draft Order

James R.
Pretty Fly for a Jedi
Friend-Kip Boats
David MullaneYMagic+
Team Ken
Scott S.
A Shaw World After All
Matt H.
Houser Pain
It Doesn’t Matterhorn
Aloha Aisle Orangebirds
Kivus and Butthead
@elyssashark @kivus
Jeff Williams Drafting Experience
Epic Stunt Princess
Primeval Russ
Making of Monroe
New Jen
Jen’s Sparklers
Poo Stuffed French Toasts